December natural gas prices have shot up significantly for most of Illinois’ major utilities.
That’s in line with predictions by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistical arm of the Department of Energy. The EIA says Midwest gas customers can expect to pay up to 30% more this winter.
But here’s some better news: Despite the increase, prices are still comparable to or lower than most winters in the past decade, according to a federal report. Energy prices last winter were especially low, with warmer-than-normal weather reducing heating demand to the lowest level nationwide in at least 25 years, according to the EIA.
See what you’re paying in December.
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